Curating Curiosities: Object-Based Learning in Museum and Classroom Settings

Title Curating Curiosities: Object-Based Learning in Museum and Classroom Settings
Faculty/College/Unit Arts
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Tara Mayer
Year 1: Funded Amount 4,584
Year 1: Team Members

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Project Summary

Support is sought for a special summer class at the Museum of Vancouver (MoV). The Museum holds a unique collection of objects from South Asia, which were brought to Vancouver in the 1930s by local travellers. These objects have never before been catalogued, researched, or exhibited. During the Summer Session 2017, the History Department seeks to offer a special course for its undergraduate students that centres on interrogating these objects and their implications for local history. Led jointly by UBC faculty and a senior MoV curator, the course consists of both classroom elements (examining the theory of material culture research and establishing a historical context for these objects) and time in the museum collections. This will allow undergraduate students to be actively engaged in ongoing research and experience first- hand how the skills of a History degree can be applied to communicating new knowledge about the past to the wider community.